Tigers stand their ground with staunch defense in pulling out 17-12 win over Wake Forest (VIDEO) #Clemson

The Clemson defense came up big time and again in the red zone (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Death Valley: Hamp Greene fell on Wake Forest’s onside kick with 1:34 remaining on the game clock, and only then could Clemson breathe easy. Will Shipley’s one-yard rush with just over five minutes left to play put Clemson ahead 17-6, but the Demon Deacons drove down the field and scored with just 96 seconds left. The 2-point conversion was missed, and the Tigers were able to capture the onside kick and run out the clock on a 17-12 victory in Death Valley on Homecoming.

It was a day that saw the Clemson offense struggle – the Tigers didn’t pick up a first down until late in the first quarter and only led 7-3 at the half. The teams exchanged field goals before Shipley’s run set up the flurry at the finish.

The win is #165 at Clemson for Dabo Swinney tying him with the late Frank Howard for most wins in Clemson history. Swinney’s career record with the Tigers is 165-41.

Clemson improves to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC with an open date next week. Wake Forest falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Story by Nikki Hood

Final Stats

LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and DT Tyler Davis gang tackle a Wake Forest running back (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Here’s my view from Death Valley

Cade Klubnik passed for 131 yards, fewest passing yards of his seven career starts (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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